'Civilians killed in UN attack' - DRC governor

MONUSCO’s Attack Helicopter providing aerial and ground protection of a convoy carrying FDLR Ex–Combatants on their de- induction from Kanyabayonga transit camp. Photo: MONUSCO / Force / Flickr

KINSHASA - The governor of North-Kivu province in troubled eastern DRCongo told AFP on Thursday that five civilians had been killed in a UN helicopter attack against rebel fighters this week.

Governor Julien Paluku told AFP by telephone that he had just received confirmation from a delegation that visited the scene of Monday's attack that "MONUSCO pounded a village essentially made up of civilians" and that "as of today ... five civilians were killed."

The United Nations has 22,000 peacekeepers serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo's MONUSCO force, the United Nation's largest mission worldwide.

AFP

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